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Entangled Histories of Things in the Mediterranean World

Date: Thursday 14 December 2017
Irwin Street Building (G11), Convocation Council Room, The University of Western Australia (UWA), 35 Stirling Hwy, Crawley (Perth), WA
Convenors: Giovanni Tarantino (giovanni.tarantino@uwa.edu.au), Susanne Meurer (susanne.meurer@uwa.edu.au), Arvi Wattel (arvi.wattel@uwa.edu.au).

FREE EVENT, but RSVP requested to convenors by Thursday 7 December for catering purposes.

Contact: Giovanni Tarantino (giovanni.tarantino@uwa.edu.au)  

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This workshop will have a particular focus on the interactions of subject, material and emotional formations, applying a ‘new materialities’ analytical paradigm to examine the entangled trajectories, transmissions and transfers of people, ideas and objects across Mediterranean spaces. It thus advances research on the interconnected histories of people, places and things in circulation in the Mediterranean world over a long historical timeframe. The workshop seeks to apply new methodological lenses to the complex and entangled history of the geo-cultural space the Mediterranean World. These new analytical frameworks demand that we consider people, places and things as having entangled subjective, affective, emotional and material lives that are mutually constitutive. As such, these theories suggest that we cannot study individuals and societies outside of their interactions with material entities such as spaces and places and affective experiences, but only in relation to them – and likewise, spaces, objects and emotional experience as relational constructs produced through interactions with people. Thus, people, places and things are ‘entangled’.

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This seminar is held under the patronage of the Consulate of Italy in Perth and hosted by the Institute of Advanced Studies at The University of Western Australia (UWA). It is a joint initiative of the Society for the History of Emotions, the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions, Europe 1100‒1800 (CHE), the UWA School of Design, the Italian National Research Council Institute for the History of Philosophical and Scientific Thought in the Modern Age (CNR/ISPF), the Chair of Intellectual History at the European University Institute (EUI), the Institute for Advanced Study at Central European University (IAS-CEU), the Italian National Institute for Higher Mathematics (INdAM), and the Centre for the Study of Emotions in Cross-Cultural Exchange (ECCE, Zagreb).